switching light globesChanging a light globe isn’t as simple as it used to be.

When we purchase a new bulb at the supermarket or hardware store, we are faced with an overwhelming array of light globe varieties. To add to the confusion, some bulbs can cost as little as 50 cents, and others over $20.

So, is it really working forking out the extra cash and switching light globes? Are you really saving money on your energy bill when you opt for an energy saving bulb?

Are Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) Cheaper?


CFL globe

Compact fluorescent lamps are the most common alternative to incandescent light globes. They are available in most supermarkets, and are compatible with your existing light fittings. While CFLs may cost more, they will, in fact, save you around $35 over the life of the bulb.

There are two main reasons CFL’s are more cost-effective than incandescent:

  • CFLs have a much longer life span, which means you don’t need to purchase replacement bulbs as frequently. On average, an incandescent globe will last about 750 – 1,000 hours, and CFLs will last about 6,000 – 15,000 hours.
  • CFLs consume less power than incandescent globes, which means you’ll save on your energy bill, too.

While CFLs are a great money-saving alternative, LEDs are even better.

LEDs are the Most Efficient Light Globes Available


LED light

LEDs are by far the most energy and cost effective light globes on the market. Some LED lights claim to last as long as 100,000 hours, though this hasn’t been tested, and they use even less energy than CFLs.

We won’t lie – LEDs are quite expensive. But they will save you money.

So there you have it – switching from incandescent to CFLs or LEDs will save you money. In our opinion, it’s definitely worth paying the extra now to save in the long run.

If you’re looking to have lights installed, don’t hesitate to get in contact. We have plenty of experience installing LED lights and in fact can supply them for you as well. Call on 1300 191 330, or fill out the form at the top right of this page.